Abstract fire truck art in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 7, 2011

in Creative Art, Firetruck Abstract Art

Last week we explored firefighters and fire safety. I prepared several different kinds of activities and this one was one of my favorites in many ways…

I invited the children to make a fire truck with yellow, red, and black tape.  Before they made their own trucks, I gave them a little tutorial on how they could use the red tape to make a rectangle for the truck and a square for the cab. And they could use the black tape for the ladder and wheels, and the yellow tape for the sides.  Since creating a picture with tape is a new process for this class, I wanted to give the children some perspective on making a firetruck with the tape.

Then I set out some paper, tape, and black markers so the children could try and make their own. The following firetruck is the one I made while providing my little tutorial…

Some of the children needed help getting the tape off of the roll and others figured out how to get their own tape. For those that needed a little help, I either held the tape out so they could cut it where they wanted or I asked them if they wanted a long or short piece and handed them the tape.  By the end of the process, most of the children were pulling or cutting off their own tape…

I invited the children to create their own version of the firetruck. As the children created their tape firetrucks, they would say things like “Now I need a ladder” or “This is my window” kind of like what I said in my tutorial…

Oh we had ladders and windows and firetruck pieces going every which direction.  This is why I titled this Abstract Firetruck Art!

The children were able to see their own firetrucks in their work  - and I was able to see it as well, no matter which way I turned the paper…

Some children drew in a few passengers on their trucks as well…

And others added a few letters or “words” of their own on their paper…

On my wall, I now have a wonderful collection of firetruck abstract art…

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1 Scott October 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I really like your abstract fire trucks, Deborah. My kids love to cut and stick tape…and it seems yours do, too.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Thank you Scott – This was a first for this class and they REALLY loved using the tape. We will definitely do more tape art throughout the year!

3 Holly clouse October 8, 2011 at 7:23 am

Now this is art. This is truly their own creation. I love it!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

I do too Holly:)

5 La-La's Home Daycare October 8, 2011 at 9:51 am

This is so cute! I love this idea!

6 Amy October 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

What a great idea! I am always looking for new ways to develop those fine motor skills.

7 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Well this will definitely do it!

8 kristin @preschool daze October 11, 2011 at 7:51 am

yeehaw! i’m going to remember these for our “fire safety” week in a a could weeks.

9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 15, 2011 at 2:19 am

Great:) That’s what they are there for!

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